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Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden;
An idea whose time has come...
"North Shore's Art Throb (www.artthrob.com) publication employs diverse platforms, from traditional print to cutting-edge digital, in an effort to incubate a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy and cultural engagement." - Art Throb Mission Statement
A sustainable creative economic movement that developed in SoHo Boston and Cambridge is now spreading to Salem and Beverly and the northshore. These projects beg the question; "It is time for these plans to be extended, enhanced and implemented into a Newburyport Artisan Market and community Garden within the proposed area of Inn Street? With the plans now being publicly revealed for the waterfront and frog pond, The Inn Street Market can be the next 'jewel in the crown' to be added.
Here's the Vision…
Last August in its premier edition, ‘Art Throb’ magazine published an extensive interview with Salem's Mayor, Kim Driscoll, that outlines the plans for an urban renewal and master art plan for downtown Salem, including the area of 'Artist Row' and the pedestrian walkway (similar to Inn Street). These plans have been in the works since 2010. Over $100,000.00 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (plus other
sources) has now been received for both Salem and Beverly (via Monserrat college of Art) for implementing such plans immediately.
The following are a collection of Internet links that are now being assembled for local dissemination in Newburyport to serve as a precedent to a foundation and blueprint to draft a formal proposal for the Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden Project in Newburyport.
If you have any interest in this project please forward the information to pertinent sources or contact one of the listed sources for informational exchange or direct personal participation in one of the upcoming meetings and or presentations that are currently being planned regarding this project.
For full articles please click on the following links;
Art Throb's August Publication;
Salem Urban Renewal;
Project slated for 2013 completion including major art plan implementation to downtown and pedestrian walkway.
Montserart and Beverly receive funds for similar projects;
Greater Newburyport receives $20K in Cultural Council grants
Major Elements of the Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden
The outline consists of three main elements evolving around a pushcart artisan market, a merchant community garden, and a performing art stage, with the main components dispersed around the Inn Street Courtyard. (The proposed vision would be similar to a cross between a small scale Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and a Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls.)
Please see pictures of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts here;
Inn Street Artisan Market
The heart of the artisan market would consist of a set of push-carts for artisans and crafts vendors available to the local region by expanding the current limit of three reserved licenses to eight or more creating a small scale outdoor market setting. (This could be expanded on an experimental basis). This would allow five additional pushcarts to be strategically placed within the confines of the proposed Inn Street pedestrian courtyard (Very similar to artist row of Salem and part of the master art plan for the Salem urban renewal project). The carts can all be designed to establish continuity that would best represent the ambiance and character of the environment. The licensing fees could be increased to serve as a major financial windfall to the city and maintenance upgrade to the area. The location and setting would serve as prime retail for the artisan and craft market to draw the best talent in the area and serve as a destination point for downtown Newburyport.
The logistics of how such a market could be conducted can be evaluated once the vision and plan is accepted for study and implementation.
Incorporation of surrounding retail outlets ‘TO the market’ would be an important contribution and element ‘OF the market’. Because of the unique layout and structure of the back exits of State Street Retail, these establishments could utilize the now UNDERUTILIZED and POSTER COVERED back entrances AND WINDOWS that empty out on the Inn Street courtyard. By granting licenses for the retail stores to set up tables and tents on the back entrances would enhance not only their exposure and sales but to the festive environment of the market to serve hand in hand. Bottom level Inn Street Courtyard business’ would also serve, compliment, and benefit from the expanded licenses and market courtyard. Local alleyways connecting Inn Street and State Street can also be presentational and artistically enhanced to serve as major pedestrian walkways connecting State and Inn Streets.
Merchant Community Garden
The Inn Street Artisan Market Proposal allows Newburyport the opportunity to not only incorporate the pedestrian walkway master art plans and design implementations that other cities have developed, but to enhance the movement one step further, by designing and incorporating a Merchant Sponsored Community Garden based on the principles of Permaculture. This principle of gardening and greening of Inn Street will serve perfectly as a palette and backdrop for such alternative landscape designs that are created and designed to be implemented into small-scale urban areas. By taking advantage of the layout, the area can be transformed into a garden like recreational area, designed to provide additional benches for sitting, creating a relaxed atmosphere within the market area itself.
Avoiding major re-construction cost, increasing a financial contribution, enhancing the area to better serve as a recreational space, implementing, and demonstrating the vital link between local sustainable ecology and economy, this vision of the Inn Street Artisan market has an opportunity to serve, expand and demonstrate as an alternative educational model for future movements to other urban city settings dedicated to a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy and cultural engagement .
What is a Perma-Garden?
“Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening.”- Graham Bell, from Permaculture – A Beginner’s Guide
"Permaculture is not organic gardening, and I am not a gardener. What I am is a permaculture practitioner who uses organic gardening, and many other tools, to design systems that work to water, feed, warm, house, and provide community, not to mention: make a garden."
So if permaculture isn’t just gardening, then what is it?
Permaculture is not the rain that falls, nor the roof that collects it or the catchment systems that stores it. Permaculture design is the relationship between these things. Permaculture is the match maker, creating passionate love affairs between rain and plants, humans and animals, and ultimately achieving systems that produce enough natural resources to provide for their own maintenance and reproduction.
Vital Link between Ecology and Economics
Ecological And Economic Reality — The Relationship Between Ecology And Economics http://www.countercurrents.org/clugston230811.htm
Performing Arts Stage
The third component of the Artisan Market proposal includes a small-scaled ‘Inn Street Stage’ in the area that currently hosts performing art events during Yankee Homecoming festivities. This stage can be used to offer musical entertainment of local musicians, poetry recitals, readings, and theater performances on a co-ordinate schedule. The placement of the stage as well as the artisan pushcarts could be done in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce events during festivals and other organized events to include the market and contribute to entertainment and organizational venues.
Exhibits and Presentations for the Inn Street Artisan Market;
By Jon-William Brown, proprietor and operator of the Inn Street Kiosk for the Spirit of Newburyport.
Public presentations of the Inn Street Market and Merchant Community Garden proposal and diorama (scaled 3-d Model) depicting the Inn Street 'Burning Tea' Artisans Market and Garden concept in Newburyport are currently being planned for the Newburyport Public Library.
Proposal Notes to be expanded on;
Inn Street ('Burning Tea' (Historical reference to the ‘reek of the burning teas’ in Market Square) Artisan Market and Perma Gardens)
* Utilization of Catwalk and Brick area for perma-cultured based flower, herb, medicinal and edible gardens, sponsored by local community and merchant participation.
* Creating and demonstrating VITAL ecological and economic community oriented re-vitalization and destination point for downtown Newburyport.
For more information please contact;
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*Inn Street Artisan Market
and Merchant Community Garden Proposal
Below is a video of a 64th scale diorama model
created by Joe Cmar as a 'Thanksgiving Gift'
for the Spirit of Newburyport.
Model is being used to depict and envision
an Inn Street Artisan Market
and Merchant Community Garden.